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Update: The end of this contest will come and go while I’m out of town. But I promise to email a winner on Monday! Blessings!

Where would we be without behind-the-scenes heroes? The men and women who value the good they can do for others above their own comfort, gain, or even reputations. They are like the humble men from Band of Brothers, who—when asked if they considered themselves heroes—answered, “No. But the other guys I fought with were.”

The main character in Dan Walsh’s The Reunion is just such a man. Aaron Miller lives in a storage room as the handyman at Bentley’s Trailer Park & Campground. Most folks don’t give him a second glance. Little do they know this man with a servant’s heart also treasures a warrior’s medals.

Aaron can repair most anything that needs fixing—except for the mess he’s made of his own life. To his way of thinking, his sins are too great for anyone save God to forgive. Perhaps because he has been bruised and battered, he has a special instinct when it comes to recognizing and restoring hurting people. And God honors Aaron by placing a burden on someone else’s heart to return the favor. The story that plays out is a beautiful parable of redemption. As the author writes, “God is a master at finding and redeeming the lost things of life.”

George Orwell said, “Good writing is like a windowpane.” This metaphor perfectly captures Dan Walsh’s style. His words opened a window into Aaron Miller’s world for me, and I am better for it. I found myself recalling the times I felt broken and forgotten—until my Heavenly Father found me where I had fallen, gathered me in His arms, and set me on my feet again. Thanks for that, Dan Walsh.

And now, friends, since I don’t want you to miss being touched by this  uplifting story, here are 3 ways you can get your hands on a copy of the book!


1. Dan Walsh is celebrating the release of his new novel, The Reunion, with a 10-book giveaway contest! Five winners will each receive a signed copy of The Reunion, as well as his third novel, The Deepest Waters. (He’s  including this book because it was named a finalist for an ACFW Carol Award.) Click on this link to The Reunion Book Giveaway to see how easily you can enter the contest! (Giveaway ends Monday, September 17th.)

2. I’m also giving away a copy of The Reunion. (US only) Just leave a comment on this post to be included. (List bonus entries in that one comment.) Contest ends Friday, September 21st. (2) Or follow this link to purchase the book. ***Thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Book Publishing Group, for providing the book for me to review.

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About Dan Walsh, in his own words: “I was born in Philadelphia in 1957 (guys don’t care if you know their age) to a mostly blue-collar, hard-working Irish family. In the mid-sixties, General Electric hired my dad as an engineer for the Apollo space program. We packed up and moved to Florida, which is really where I grew up.

We attended church every Sunday, but I never clearly understood the gospel until my senior year in high school. In that year, my entire family came to know the Lord. In the spring of that same year, I met the woman who would become the love of my life, Cindi. We dated for a brief period, but I knew my search was over. I asked her to marry me and, to my great surprise, she said yes.

In 1985, I was ordained as a pastor and served in the same church for 25 years, until I retired from ministry in August 2010. In 1984, our daughter Rebekah was born. Six years later, our son Isaac. Both are now grown and married. We already have our first grandson, little Caden.

For the last several years (and hopefully many more to come) I get to do something else I love to do—write books. I began writing full-time in 2010. I have five novels out with Revell and a 6th will release in September.”

You can connect with Dan at his website and on his Facebook author page.

This week I’m linking up with Still Saturday, Spiritual Sundays, Soli Deo Gloria, Monday Meet Up, Sharing His Beauty, On Your Heart Tuesdays, Teach Me Tuesdays, and Gratituesdays.

What would make you run away from home?

For Katie Calloway it was an abusive husband who had decided to kill her. (Does that make your problem seem smaller?)

In the first chapter of this story, Katie decides that her days as a victim are over. She gathers her few belongings and heads north with her young brother Ned.  Fortunately, she finds work and a great place to hide as the cook for a north woods lumber camp. And, of course, just the right honest, upright man comes along to protect her and provide a future for her. So an adventure that begins with an uncomfortable domestic situation becomes a sweet, uplifting story.

I’m the type of history buff who enjoys picking up period details from fiction stories, and I loved the historical setting of this novel. Author Serena Miller really captures the flavor of post-Civil War America with her wonderful descriptions and fleshed-out characters. Even other talented historical fiction authors have lauded her great storytelling, charming characters, and vivid scenes.

If it’s been a while since you’ve read an engrossing, inspirational story, grab a copy of this book today!

***Available October 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Revell for providing my copy of the book to review. You can purchase your copy of The Measure of Katie Calloway at this link.